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Teens Language & Adventures Camp - Los Angeles, California. USA

INTRODUCTION

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Our English School in Los Angeles is located in the most glamorous city in the United States. Located in sunny Southern California, Los Angeles is also one of the top travel destinations in the U.S., you will find a perfect combination of abundant natural beauty, endless entertainment, and world-class universities and museums.

 

On the exclusive westside of Los Angeles. The School is conveniently located within walking distance to Westwood Village, close to Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and just four miles from the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. When studying in Los Angeles you’ll find yourself perfectly situated to study and have fun too.

 

We know that our international students learn both in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom; therefore, we encourage full immersion through our accommodation and activities offerings. We offer living with an American host family or experiencing American university life in a campus dormitory.

 

Our activities program in Los Angeles is filled with outdoor exploration activities. Southern California’s Mediterranean climate draws students outdoors all year round—for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, golfing, boating, tennis, and dining. Public transportation makes it all available to the students.

 

Afternoon activities include visits to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, seeing the stars at a major movie premiere, and visiting University. Weekend excursions offer students the opportunity to go to baseball games at Dodger Stadium and popular places such as Disneyland, Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios. On weekend trips you can visit San Francisco, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and other exciting attractions.

 

 Through its 38 years of teaching students at all levels from all over the world, we have developed teaching and training techniques and programs that really work for everyone.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Homestay

Most students are eager to stay with an American host family while studying in Los Angeles. Living with an American host family is the best option for students who are enthusiastic about immersing themselves in American culture, improving their communication skills, and creating long-lasting friendships with their host family.

 

Features

  • Fees & Charges
  • Los Angeles homestays are available year-round
  • Located nearthe School
  • Arrival on Saturday before the course; departure on Saturday after the course
  • Single room (unless otherwise requested)
  • Choose your meal plan: half board (breakfast and dinner) or breakfast only
  • Average commute to School : 30 – 60 minutes by public transportation
  • Shared Bathrooom
  • Facilities vary
  • Free wi-fi (if available)
  • Minimum Age : 16 years old

 

Accommodation at School

  • Shared occupancy, full-board (half-board on Saturday and breakfast only on Sunday)
  • Rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, closets and telephones
  • Students can use the room telephone to make local calls, or international calls with a calling card
  • Communal bathrooms on each floor
  • Linens and bath towels included, students can receive fresh linens from the front desk upon request
  • Bathrooms and common areas cleaned daily
  • Laundry facilities located in the dormitory (estimated $1.25 per wash, $1.25 per dry)
  • Free wireless internet in each room

 

Facilities

  • Multiple computer labs on campus with free wi-fi
  • Access to John Wooden Center and Sunset Canyon Recreation Center – featuring pools, basketball courts, and gymnasiums
  • Outdoor tennis courts, Olympic-size swimming pool and sports fields
  • Bookstore, libraries, and Ackerman Student Union Center with student lounge

THE ACTIVITIES

ENGLISH SCHOOL

Methods

We have been using the most up-to-date English teaching methods and providing high quality English courses since 1978. Our approach to English language learning utilizes the communicative English teaching method, a way of teaching that employs a number of holistic techniques to English grammar, English vocabulary, spoken English, English listening, and English reading and writing. Our holistic techniques prioritize the ability to use these English skills in real-world situations.

 

OUR TEACHERS

All teachers are native speakers of American English and have a university degree and specialized training in Teaching English as a Second Language. Teachers create highly-structured lesson plans that provide warm-up exercises, an explanation of the lesson objectives, some form of student production, and a listing of the activities used to reach the objective. Teachers allow students to “discover” the objective, to give them ample opportunity to practice the objective, and then provide an assessment in order to ascertain that the objective has been understood and met. All teachers have had experience studying a second language and many have spent time living abroad. In addition to being highly qualified academically, teachers are warm, friendly, and supportive to all students.

 

THE COMMUNICATIVE TEACHING METHOD

Our communicative teaching method is focused on improving communicative competence in English by using techniques where the teacher acts as a facilitator in the classroom, while encouraging students to use the English language as often as possible.

 

ENGLISH GRAMMAR

We recognize that English grammar is often a challenge for English language learners. Verb tenses, such as simple present, present continuous, simple past, past continuous, simple future, future continuous, and future perfect continuous can be difficult for English language learners to comprehend and to effectively use in real-world situations. Grammar concepts that are introduced through the techniques of discovery tend to be more effective than English grammar concepts that are introduced through more traditional teaching techniques.While our teaching method utilizes resources such as grammar texts and other material to learn basic grammar, we feel that enacting real-life scenarios is the most effective way to teach and reinforce English grammar.

 

English grammar teaching techniques also use grammar exercises that mimic uses of the English language in real-world situations. Our techniques differentiate between formal and informal English so that students feel comfortable switching between the two uses with ease. We focus on refining a student’s structural English skills, and over time increasing his/her confidence using English in social situations. We prefer teaching techniques that are consistent with our method, whereby lessons teach and reinforce English grammar rules by enacting real-life scenarios.

 

ENGLISH VOCABULARY

English vocabulary is an important part of learning and understanding the English language. English language learners are inundated with English vocabulary every day in the real world through movies, media, and daily life. A student’s vocabulary grows over time and compiling vocabulary lists from resources like books or other texts and materials is a great way to strengthen vocabulary.

 

It is a teacher’s job to make sure that students learn and understand this vocabulary. Teachers can reinforce new vocabulary through a number of comprehension exercises of any unfamiliar words. These exercises may also assist students with the learning and retention of these new words, by using teaching techniques such as vocabulary exercises, word searches, quizzes, and games.

 

SPOKEN ENGLISH

Our spoken English teaching techniques stress real-world communication and English conversation versus rote memorization. Because our communicative method is a student-centered approach, the teacher must work as a facilitator in an effort to help students develop English speaking skills for a range of purposes. Our teaching techniques are focused on increasing speaking English in classroom, as well as the pronunciation of words, and utilizing new vocabulary as much as possible. The classroom maximizes dialogue through a variety of techniques, including class discussions, presentations, small group discussions, pair work, group work, special projects, and task-oriented assignments.

 

ENGLISH-ONLY POLICY

The school has an English-only policy so that students are be encouraged to speak English throughout the day. Because of the importance of spoken English in real-world situations, it is important that English learners feel comfortable speaking English. Our conversation lessons have elements of all English skills, but our main goal is for the student to learn to express him/her self in spoken English with proper grammar, an accurate vocabulary and superior pronunciation. A good lesson uses teaching techniques that provide many opportunities for classroom dialogue.

 

ENGLISH LISTENING COMPREHENSION

English listening teaching techniques include class participation, demonstration, and collaboration. It is important for English learners to be able to speak with confidence and use the correct grammar structures so that they are understood correctly, but it’s also crucial that they understand what they are hearing so that they are able to respond appropriately. We use a wide variety of techniques and exercises that can help students improve and perfect English listening skills. These techniques include listening to audio in English, listening to native English speakers in person, watching videos with native English speakers, reviewing English vocabulary from previous lessons, watching and/or listening to news programs in English, responding to questions in English, and reviewing English grammar concepts.

 

ENGLISH READING AND WRITING

Reading and Writing classes focus on topics that are fundamental to English reading comprehension and writing capability. Instructors focus on writing topics such as the five paragraph essay, formal vs. informal English, writing for an audience, writing a resume/cover letter, etc. Instructors focus on reading topics on such topics as short stories, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. In order to choose the best possible materials, instructors refer to an exhaustive list of approved class sets for their appropriate level and select individual chapters from the sets assigned to their level.

 

Instructors supplement these texts with appropriate materials such as internet videos, magazine articles, academic texts, and photographs to enhance the course. Instructors are encouraged to adapt their lesson materials to reflect student interest. The School offers a variety of electives including American Culture, American Slang, Business English, Academic Skills, Film and Media, Accent Reduction, and Creative Writing. These courses allow students to practice English in areas of special interest.

 

SUMMER JUNIOR PROGRAMS

Course

Number of levels: up to 12

 

English level evaluation with multi-level placement: Placement testing includes a grammar section, a writing section, and an interview with the Director of Courses. The three separate components of the test allow us to make accurate placements for each of the student’s classes.

 

Grammar Structure and Usage

  • Teaches students the rules of grammar usage through communicative teaching methods.
  • Gives students the opportunity to practice using grammar in both speaking and writing.

 

Conversation, Listening, Vocabulary and Pronunciation

  • Gives students practice speaking in English and listening to and understanding English spoken by native speakers.
  • Provides students with feedback and special exercises to help improve pronunciation.

Activities

Students may choose from up to three different Activities Programs for their afternoon activity at no additional cost. Students may choose up to one program each week. Students must choose their selection at enrollment to ensure availability. . We offers an optional week (California Cruiser) of exploration and excursions in Los Angeles. In lieu of classes and regular afternoon activities at UCLA students can spend the week going to a different and exciting destination each day.

CLASSIC PROGRAM

In the Classic Program, students will enjoy the diversity that each city offers through participating in a variety of cultural, sports, sightseeing, and shopping activities.

 

Activities:

  • The Getty Museum
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Rodeo Drive
  • LACMA
  • The Grove & the Farmers’ Market
  • UCLA pool party
  • Third Street Promenade shopping
  • Volleyball
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

UNIVERSITY EXPLORER PROGRAM

University Explorers will take college preparation classes that cover the SAT and TOEFL tests, as well as study skills and financial aid available to international students. In addition, they will visit local universities where they will participate in tours and information sessions. They will also work on essay writing.

Activities:

  • University tours
  • College Readiness Workshop
  • Writing Skills Workshop

FILM EXPLORER PROGRAM

Do you think you have the creativity to be a Hollywood legend? Right in the heart of the world’s entertainment industry, Film Explorers will get a chance to study the art of film, visit a selection of famous Hollywood and entertainment landmarks, and also be given the opportunity to collaborate on a film project.

Activities:

  • Film workshops and studio tours
  • Script writing
  • Storyboarding
  • Acting
  • Filming
  • Editing
  • Producing

Sample Daily Schedule

TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:40 Class: Grammar Structure & Usage 8:00 – 12:00

BRUNCH

 

Full day

excursion

10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:40 Class: Conversation, Listening, Vocabulary & Pronunciation
12:40 – 1:30 Lunch Break

12:00-5:00

Saturday Activities

2:00 – 5:00 Afternoon Activities
5:00 – 7:00 Dinner Break
7:00 – 10:00 Evening Activities
10:00 RETURN TO RESIDENCE HALL

WINTER JUNIOR PROGRAMS

Course

Number of levels: up to 12

 

English level evaluation with multi-level placement: Placement testing includes a grammar section, a writing section, and an interview with the Director of Courses. The three separate components of the test allow us to make accurate placements for each of the student’s classes.

 

Grammar Structure and Usage

  • Teaches students the rules of grammar usage through communicative teaching methods.
  • Gives students the opportunity to practice using grammar in both speaking and writing.

 

Conversation, Listening, Vocabulary and Pronunciation

  • Gives students practice speaking in English and listening to and understanding English spoken by native speakers.
  • Provides students with feedback and special exercises to help improve pronunciation.

Activities

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • The Grove & the Farmers’ Market
  • Santa Monica Beach & Pier
  • Shopping at Third Street Promenade
  • Table tennis tournament
  • Venice Beach
  • Pizza & a movie
  • Bowling
  • Getty Center
  • LACMA

 

EVENING & SATURDAY ACTIVITIES

All Evening and Saturday activities are with host family.

 

SUNDAY EXCURSIONS

  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios
  • Hiking & picnic at Tesmescal Canyon
  • Santa Barbara/Camarillo Outlets

Sample Daily Schedule

TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

Free time

with family

all day

Breakfast
9:00 – 10:40 Class: Grammar Structure & Usage

Full day

Excursion

10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:40 Class: Conversation, Listening, Vocabulary & Pronunciation
12:40 – 1:30 Lunch Break
2:00 – 5:00 Afternoon Activities
5:00 – 6:00 Return to host family
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner with host family
7:00 – 10:00 Free Time with host family

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

Our English School in Los Angeles is located in the most glamorous city in the United States. Located in sunny Southern California, Los Angeles is also one of the top travel destinations in the U.S. If you choose to study in Los Angeles, you will find a perfect combination of abundant natural beauty, endless entertainment, and world-class universities and museums.

 

You will find on the exclusive westside of Los Angeles. ELC is conveniently located within walking distance to Westwood Village, close to Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and just four miles from the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. When studying in Los Angeles you’ll find yourself perfectly situated to study and have fun too.

 

Getting Here

International airports near Los Angeles, CA

  • 19 miles: Los Angeles, CA (LAX / KLAX) Los Angeles International Airport
  • 39 miles: Ontario, CA (ONT / KONT) LA/Ontario International Airport
  • 39 miles: Santa Ana, CA (SNA / KSNA) John Wayne Airport
  • 110 miles: Palm Springs, CA (PSP / KPSP) Palm Springs International Airport
  • 119 miles: San Diego, CA (SAN / KSAN) San Diego International Airport
  • 139 miles: Tijuana, Mexico (TIJ / MMTJ) Tijuana International Airport

 

Domestic airports near Los Angeles, CA

  • 17 miles: Burbank, CA (BUR / KBUR) Bob Hope Airport
  • 19 miles: Los Angeles, CA (LAX / KLAX) Los Angeles International Airport
  • 25 miles: Long Beach, CA (LGB / KLGB) Long Beach Airport
  • 39 miles: Ontario, CA (ONT / KONT) LA/Ontario International Airport
  • 39 miles: Santa Ana, CA (SNA / KSNA) John Wayne Airport

PRICES & PACKAGES

Summer Program

  • Semi-Intensive English Course
  • 20 lessons per week (one 80-minute and two 60-minute in-classroom lessons per day – Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.)
  • Full-board residence accommodation (18 meals per week including breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, breakfast and dinner on Saturday and breakfast only on Sunday)
  • Daily afternoon activities (Monday-Friday)
  • Full-day excursion each Sunday
  • Optional evening and Saturday activities/excursions
  • Local transportation and airport transfer
  • All texts and materials
  • Certificate of completion

Winter Program

  • Saturday to Saturday, minimum 2-week stay
  • Semi-Intensive English Course – 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes per lesson
  • Homestay (double occupancy/at least two students per family, 14 meals per week)
  • Airport transfer (included in the transportation fee, valid for Saturday arrivals and departures between 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Public transportation pass
  • All texts and materials, Certificate of Completion
  • Daily afternoon activities (Monday-Friday)
  • 1 full-day weekend excursion per week (each Sunday)

Special note: Sunday arrivals will not be able to make-up the missed excursion.

 

Dates

  • January 7 – February 4 (Saturday to Saturday minimum 2-week enrollment)
  • June 24 – August 12 (Saturday to Saturday minimum 2-week enrollment)

 

Prices

  • 2-weeks per person: $2850
  • 3-weeks per person: $4095 
  • 4-weeks per person: $5260 

 

Mandatory Transportation fee – $130/person

  • Transportation to/from all daily activities and excursions included in the Junior Program.
  • Airport transportation for arrival flights arriving Saturday between 9am – 9pm and departure flights departing Saturday between 9am – 9pm. For flights arriving/departing before 9am or after 9pm, an out-of-window fee will be charged.

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